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James E. Edmond Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,050 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Blowdown

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Please note there is a $5.00 parking fee. This trail is closed Dec 18 - March 15th due to winter. Great trail that is not nearly as popular as it should be. There are two short spurs that go around the lake and to an overlook. These are not marked as clearly as they could be, so it would be worthwhile to download the map. Apart from the overlook, most of the trail is through the forest without much in the way of views, but the trail is still beautiful, with many picturesque streams and rivers. For the most part the trail was very well maintained, but some did portions require a little bit of care. There are two difficult climbs of about a mile each.

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Hannah Blalock
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with no shortage of picturesque scenes, beautiful views, and cool looking mushrooms. But it isn't for the faint of heart! I am going to sleep well tonight but it was worth every step.

Cynthia Fox
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This trail is absolutely beautiful. Hard? Yes but worth every winded, sweaty, difficult step. Its full of roots, rocks, creek crossings, waterfalls, and has a great overlook. My favorite trail I've been on but won't be back for awhile because it literally killed me! Absolutely worth it though.

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John Stauter
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HikingGreat!

One of my favorite trails in Georgia. Fairly hard, recommend boots, snacks, 3+ litres of water during summer. Beautiful views, lots of creeks, the lake. There are 4 backcountry campsites that you can reserve and stay overnight as well.. Highly recommended.

Jarvis Broughton
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FeeOver grown

This trail was tough! I recommend brining ample snacks and water. Check the weather because we got caught in a thunderstorm on while on the East Trek. But this was an AWESOME experience. Beautiful view on the Overlook. You also get to see a creek and a lake. Great trip!

Hilit B
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with a lot to look at. Plenty of creeks and river crossings. We encountered around 10 other hikers, but that caused no issues. We tracked this hike at 6.6 miles, & did not go around the lake. Took us 3.5 hours total, including lunch break. Challenging hike, with two steady uphill sections, but definitely doable! I loved this hike!

Ryan Smith
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Hiking

This was a fun and challenging trail. The elevation was enough to get your heart working, and the scenery along the way was great. There is a nice clearing at the midpoint of the hike that offers a pleasant view of the area—even if it is a bit cluttered by some large white buildings.

Kevin MacRae
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Hiking

A well marked loop trail, orange blazes. Many Slick roots and rocks even without recent rainfall. Not much mud. All creek crossings had bridges, no wet shoes. Despite the park road crossings and bridges over creeks it had a backcountry feel. One or two downed tree trunks crossing the trail were left natural. Narrow in places with crowding rhododendrons. Frequent creek and waterfall sounds. Nice overlook. Beautiful waterfalls. The short, flat blue trail around the lake was crowded with fishermen and not worth the detour. No swimming permitted in the lake. The description says heavily trafficked but we didn’t encounter another on JET. Worth it for the extended climbs. Sunday 6/21 Fathers Day 2020.

Shelby Posea
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Yeah, that was hard. I elected to take the west fork out and the east back, but it doesn’t really seem like it would be any easier either way. The inclines are no joke. Pretty rough terrain with a lot of roots, narrow areas, and mud. There are areas of the trail that are overgrown, too. The view of the valley at the overlook is beautiful. Almost completely worth the difficulty of the hike which is why it gets four stars. It was a bit cloudy so I bet it would be even better on a sunny or fall day. I also elected to take the trail around the lake; which is mapped on AllTrails but doesn’t follow the same trail as Edmonds. It was underwhelming and turned it into a 8.8mi hike. If you want to see the lake, follow the white blazes to the blue blazes (the Edmonds trail is blazed orange).

Crass Sass
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HikingRocky

Omg. Love the trail. It was challenging. Harder than I thought .

Aaron Snyder
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Running

very tough trail run. tree roots and rocks, angled terrain, lots of down trees. finish is a beast of an uphill. great scenery. section with the lake is a different trail (blue markers instead of orange).

Kyle Rogers
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. It is difficult, bring lots of water. The lookout is amazing and there is a small waterfall near the lake as well. Very pretty all around but will take several hours to complete the full loop.

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Lauren Noel Kelly
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Hiking

Fun hike! Only a few tough areas. Pretty view at the top. A medium sized black bear was spotted by a backpacker on the trail while we were there.

Emily Ribblett
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Hiking

This trail was VERY challenging. By the end my friend and I were exhausted and our legs were shaking...in a good way! Definitely a tough trail, well marked and well maintained. Highly recommend!

Ashley Henderson
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Hiking

This was probably the best trail I’ve ever been on. My husband and I decided to challenge ourselves while we were camping this week and we felt accomplished after we finished! We are in our 30s and in OK shape. Beautiful foliage around and above us. There were several spots to see the creek and little waterfalls. If you’re allergic to poison ivy, this is not for you. I for sure recommend, but you will be really tired when finished because of the uphill trek at the end. It took us about 5 hours with a stop for lunch and for several rest breaks. We didn’t see any wildlife or experience many bugs (thank goodness). We went May 27 2020

Josh Wulz
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Hiking

A great loop that can be handled by hikers of almost all skill levels. A beautiful view at the top and also be sure to check out the lake and waterfall.

Racheal D.
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Hiking

We took the west way down to Black Mountain lake, beautiful views of waterfalls that you follow down to the lake. Saw pretty wildflowers. The path was almost spongey, likely from all of the gorgeous moss, so the hike down to the lake and back up was not too strenuous at all. It was a narrow path. Being by the water for the majority of the hike makes for a nice cool breeze :) two campsites along the path (permit only) It was fun!

Phillip B.
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Hiking

Lots of incline

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Olivia Mead
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Hiking

Great walk in the woods with beautiful trees and rippling streams. Really challenging / steep on the way out and a little confusing directionally, but over all fun, refreshing, and worth it

James Donnelly
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Hiking

Lots of up and down. Well maintained and fairly well traveled with a few slightly overgrown parts. Few on the trail the Tuesday we went. Part around the lake/pond looked not worth the add-on .8 as we assessed it from the shore. Few washed out areas, few rocky parts and some long down trees, but a lovely varied hike, not just a 7 mile walk in the woods.

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Margot Kitchen
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Hiking

Loved this trail. You get various types of foliage, terrain, waterfalls, a view! It’s the whole shebang! I did not do the loop but turned it into an out and back. Super fun to play in the waterfall, felt just like an ice bath. The lake is a nice pit stop too. Take plenty of water and snacks.

Dale Ostlie
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HikingBlowdown

A nice social distancing hike. Didn't see anyone on the east fork leg and only one group of 3 guys on the return west fork. There was one family done at the lake, which is accessible by car. The climb out was relentless, making for some good exercise for this 64 year old.

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John Stauter
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Hiking

Amazing trail! So much fun. Rather lengthy, and some steep inclines. Great for the prepared hiker. Need good boots - varied terrain. I went on May 3rd, and I could not have asked for better conditions / temperature for my hike.

Mark A
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Hiking

Hard hike for 57 year old man but I did it My son power walked the trail and finished before me. A lot of springs & white water falls. Only bad thing was dog crap right in the middle of trail (terrible pet owner). Finished at 7pm temp dropped 20 degrees. I recommend trail.

Maegan White
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

This trail is tough! I took the East fork trail in and was great until 2.5 miles in... mostly incline from there with downhill breaks. Went around the lake also. This really is a difficult trail as there are many roots to scramble over. Not many scenic views but pretty forests and water beds.

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